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A family favorite gets a mini makeover! These Mini BBQ Meatloaf are easy MINI meatloaves! These are full of flavor and the best comfort food when you’re craving a hearty dinner. Mini meatloaf takes less time to bake than a traditional meatloaf making this the best meatloaf recipe for weeknights.

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Table of Contents
  1. EASY BBQ Meatloaf in Muffin Tins
  2. Ingredients in Mini Meatloaves
  3. How to Make Meatloaf with BBQ sauce
  4. How long to Bake Mini Meatloaves
  5. How to Know if Meatloaf Is Done Baking
  6. How to Store Leftover Meatloaf
  7. Expert Tips
  8. FAQ
  9. More Ideas for Easy Weeknight Dinners
  10. BBQ Mini Meatloaves Recipe Recipe

EASY BBQ Meatloaf in Muffin Tins

Traditional meatloaf has a long cooking time, enter this easy recipe: mini meatloaves! Instead of making one big loaf, I make mini meatloaves in muffin tins – it’s one of my favorite things to do with this favorite comfort food. They bake in half the time, and it’s so much easier to know when they’re done baking.

I took my favorite BBQ meatloaf recipe and minified it! It has the same great flavor – a combination of ground beef, tangy BBQ sauce, and spices but made easy as cute little mini meatloaves.

Just like a classic meatloaf recipe, you make the meatloaf mixture the same way, but then you divide it and press the mixture into a muffin tin. It’s so easy!

This BBQ meatloaf recipe is one of my favorite new ways to make a hearty, comforting dinner. And you don’t have to wait for the weekend to make it – this family favorite is on the dinner table in less than an hour!

Serve this meatloaf with BBQ sauce with your favorite sides like sweet potatoes, green beans, or a green salad. If you’re looking for delicious dinnertime inspiration, I know your whole family will love this dinner!

Overhead view of all ingredients needed for BBQ mini meatloaves

Ingredients in Mini Meatloaves

  • Meat: I always use either lean ground beef (90/10) or ground turkey
  • Stuffing Mix: This is the binder of the recipe – you can use brand name or generic (i.e. Stouffer’s)
  • Water
  • Garlic Powder: I love adding garlic flavor to everything!
  • Barbecue sauce: Use your favorite. We’re loving G Hughes brand, which is sugar free.
  • Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese goes great with BBQ sauce!
Overhead shot of six photos showing the process of making bbq mini meatloaves

How to Make Meatloaf with BBQ sauce

  1. Mix the ground meat, stuffing and seasonings in a bowl.
  2. Add the water.
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture in a muffin pan coated with cooking spray or olive oil. Make a shallow well in the center of each.
  5. Fill each meatloaf with the BBQ sauce.
  6. Top with cheese.

How long to Bake Mini Meatloaves

Bake the mini meatloaves for 30 minutes at 375°F. Top each one with cheese and bake for 5 minutes longer. Place the muffin pan on a cooling rack and let the meatloaves cool for 10 minutes before serving them.

Mini BBQ Meatloaf cut in half on a plate next to salad

How to Know if Meatloaf Is Done Baking

If you’re not sure if they are cooked through, you can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. The internal temperature should be 160 to 165°F.

Be sure to let them stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. This will allow the juices in the meat to redistribute, so it doesn’t run out when you serve them.

How to Store Leftover Meatloaf

Store the leftovers in an airtight container or wrap them in aluminum foil in the refrigerator for three to four days. Leftover meatloaf is good served cold or reheated. The only hard thing is having any leftovers, to begin with!

Expert Tips

Adding Onions: If you want to add chopped onions to your meatloaf, I recommend sauteed onions instead of raw onions. Precooking them softens them, so they are fully cooked inside the meatloaves once they’re done baking.

Other Spices: Try adding a teaspoon chili powder, teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder, a little cayenne pepper, kosher salt, or dried herbs. Make a special blend and mix up a few spices in a small bowl to add to the meat.

What is the best BBQ sauce for meatloaf? I love a sweet barbecue sauce, but if you like heat, try a spicy one.

Don’t overmix: When mixing the meat mixture, use a large mixing bowl and a light hand. You can mix with a spatula, but I think it’s easier to use your clean hands to mix it. You want it well combined, but your meatloaf will be dense if you overmix.

Mini BBQ meatloaves topped with cheese on a plate

FAQ

Can I make this into a large BBQ Meatloaf?

Yes, you can make one large meatloaf with this recipe. You can brush the top of the loaf with a BBQ sauce glaze, and it will take about one hour to bake at 375°F in a loaf pan or bread pan. If you bake it on a rimmed baking sheet or sheet pan, the cooking time could be less.

Can I substitute ground turkey in meatloaf?

Yes, you can use the same amount of lean ground turkey in place of ground beef in this barbecue meatloaf.

Can I use BBQ sauce instead of ketchup for in meatloaf?

Yes, BBQ sauce works great in place of ketchup – in fact, I like it better! Meatloaf with BBQ sauce has a sweet, tangy, and smoky flavor that’s so delicious. Just add ¾ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce.

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Mini BBQ meatloaves topped with cheese on a plate

BBQ Mini Meatloaves Recipe

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These Mini BBQ Meatloaves might just be your new go-to comfort meal, even when you’re shorter on time! Easy, tasty and filling!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 6 ounce package stuffing mix (such as Stouffers)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and seasoning until well blended in a large bowl.
  • Press evenly into 12-cavity muffin pan. Make an indentation in the center of each with the back of a spoon. Spoon a bit of pasta sauce in each indentation.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until the meatloaves are cooked through. Top evenly with cheese; continue baking 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Store leftover meatloaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

  • Use your favorite BBQ sauce – we love G Hughes which is sugar-free.
  • Use another flavor cheese if you prefer.
  • Make this into a large meatloaf in a 9×5 pan, it will take about 1 hour to bake.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword comfort meal, easy weeknight dinner, meatloaf, meatloaves, mini meatloaf
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If you’ve been looking for a different meatloaf recipe for a family dinner during the week, you need to give this BBQ meatloaf recipe a try the next time you want some comfort food. Everything is more fun in mini form, right? It’s definitely a different way to make a classic dish.

Dorothy Kern

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